A pretty late Victorian celluloid faux tortoiseshell hair comb in asymmetric design. CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear for age. SIZE: 6 ins h x 3½ ins w (15 x 8 cm) decorative part 3 ins h (7.5 cm). APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s - 1900s. Here is a pretty asymmetric design hair comb which dates from the period of around the turn of the 20.
The comb is made from celluloid faux tortoiseshell with a design reminiscent of foliage inclined to the left. The collage picture includes a similar example taken from a contemporary trade catalog.It also shows a photograph taken from a late Victorian carte de visite where a sitter wears a similar ornament of asymmetric design placed in the fashionable hair dressing of the day. This type of ornament is often known as Spanish or mantilla comb because it resembles a smaller version of the traditional large shell ornaments worn by Spanish ladies with their native dress. In practice any comb which has a high upstanding heading or top which stands proud of the top of the head is often called a mantilla comb.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Furniture\Other Antique Furniture". The seller is "simitra" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped worldwide.